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Nov 13, 2018

With the passing of Stan Lee, we consider life and how we live it. When you depart this earth will others be able to honestly say of you that you led a life well-lived?

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Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television, and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Hello and welcome back to Morning Mindset. I am your host Paul Markel, Thank you once again for taking the time out of your day to join me here for the Morning Mindset podcast, as I sit in front of this microphone and record today's episode. I was just recently, or just I don't know an hour or so ago, made aware of the passing of Marvel Comics Stan Lee.

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Stan Lee was 95 years old when he passed away. I think that we can all say that Stan Lee probably lived a very, very full life. He was not taken from us in his prime, he wasn't taken from us too early. But regardless of that the fact the matter is when someone an icon like Stan Lee passes when he leaves this world leaves us all behind and makes us feel sad. I mean, I feel sad obviously, I didn't know Stan Lee personally.

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I never met Stan Lee, but that really doesn't matter because Stan Lee has been a part of my life since. I don't know. I was since I was old enough to walk into a comic book store and give them 35 cents for a common core 45 cents or 50 cents. I don't remember what Comics were, how much they were when I was a little kid when I was 10 11 years. But I spent a lot of time in comic book stores.

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There was one comic book store, in particular, that was located a few blocks, I don't know quarter of a mile from my house when I was growing up in Detroit and I would walk over there with you know, 50 cents or 75 cents in my pocket, and I knew I could only afford to buy one comic book that day.

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You know, I had just enough in my pocket to buy one, and if you want to do a comic book shop in the 70s or 80s, there were hundreds literally hundreds and hundreds of titles available to, you know the Spider-Man and the X-Men and the Hulk and the Fantastic Four and the, you know, of course, I'm trying to keep it all Marvel. But of course there is Batman and there was all the other stuff. So there I am agonizing over which comic I'm going to buy with the 2 or 3 quarters. I don't remember what they were.

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They were definitely way less than a dollar when I was buying comic books. But what was I going to buy was I going to take home with me? What story was I going to keep up with what storyline and I used to go back and forth between storylines like I would get hooked on whether it was a Spider-Man 1 or whatever and I would follow that story for a while and then I would get interested in something else get interested in.

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I was very big into the X-Men comics when I discovered those, and I follow the X-Men story, The Saga of the X-Men. Angel and you know Cyclops and Wolverine, of course, Wolverine, maybe not of course, but Wolverine was my absolute favorite I think is probably most young boys young men as we were growing up. They idolized Wolverine because he was he was a sassiest smart-aleck, but he was he was strong and he you know did his own thing and he was his own boss and all that and how did.

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This all became part of our lives. How did in a lot of you guys who are younger you 20-year-olds and 30-year-olds? You may not have ever hung around in comic book stores or comic shops, but the Marvel Universe was made real to you. Thanks to cinema, thanks to Hollywood. I think that we can all say that when we examine the life of Stan Lee that he lived a life. He had a life well-lived, and he left a legacy behind for millions of people now expect that you will be the next Stan Lee or anyone like him, but when someone like Stan Lee departs from us when they leave this earth and they leave us all behind we were in obviously we're sad we're glad for what he has left us.

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You know, we're going to continue to enjoy. The heroes and the stories that Stan Lee created and he helped bring to life. You know, my grandchildren will probably be enjoying that you know, when they come around I don't have any grandchildren yet, but my son and his wife need to work on that, but I'm just saying the same thing as we examine a life well-lived. This gives us an opportunity for introspection that gives us an opportunity to look at our own lives and when it is time for you to depart from this earth when you have departed whether you depart early or late or meat medium or middle time or whatever.

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It is Will others be able to honestly say about you if they were to describe you. Would they be able to say that you led a life well-lived? It's not that hard of a question. Not that difficult of a question.  But it's a question. Nonetheless that we should all consider, you know when you leave this world will people be able to say about you that you know, if you leave early some people leave us far too soon Bruce Lee, you know Bruce Lee was in his early 30s when he left us. But even though he didn't live to you know, Stan Lee lived three of Bruce Lee's lifetimes, but both Bruce Bruce Lee and Stan Lee and they were not related by the way.

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I don't believe they were related in any way, but we can say about both those individuals that they low they lived a life well lived before, how'd you take some coffee or something? So when it's time for you to go? And and you depart and leave all of us behind will people be able to examine your life and honestly be able to say that you lived a life well-lived you had and you led a life well lived in shape all you know, you can't expect everyone to be Bruce Lee or Stan Lee or and I didn't mean to just pick out those to lie people there, but just jump to the Forefront of my mind.

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Do you expect that? No, I don't but what we all have the opportunity to do now, you know when someone like that passes is to look at our own lives and think about you know, when we go, what are we doing with our lives today, and it's a serious question. We're talking, you know Morning Mindset, we talked about being positive and productive leaving leading positive and productive lives. So as you go about your day as you go about your week as you make your plans think about that.

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Are you making the most of the time that you have available to you? And I'm not talking I'm going to tell him you that you can never watch television. I'm not telling you that you can never relax and just do nothing and veg out now. I'm not saying that at all, but what do you do with your creative moments? What do you do with the time that you have available to you?

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This question the only you can answer but. When I when someone like this, you know every once in a while and we lose someone, you know, last year. We lost Gene Wilder and I was a huge fan of Gene Wilder's films and we lost him but we could say that he lived a life. Well, let he led a life well lived. So that's all I've got to say to you guys today. I just thought I would come to the radio come to the microphone and talk about my own personal feelings and how I am glad that Stan Lee was in this world.

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I'm glad that he produced what he did it gave me a lot of joy in my youth and of course as I became an adult I was able to take my children to see the film's the Spider-Man films the X-Men films, you know, the Captain America films and all of that and it's something that I've enjoyed with my children basically their entire lives. So thank you, Stan Lee. Thank you for everything you left behind for us. Alright, ladies and gentlemen, that's all I have to say today. I truly appreciate you guys being a part of the Morning Mindset audience they don't forget there is actually a website.

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*Alex*

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